I am driven to build communities that support our aging population
Marilyn Bruin’s passion is to see aging people live the way they want to live and to find ways to use public resources to accomplish that. Research that would help craft policies is often ignored.
“My work … is designed to measure the gap between what’s being planned and what’s being expected.” Marilyn Bruin, Professor Click to tweet
Bruin says that baby boomers as a whole must do more to plan for their retirements. Current projections show a dwindling number of younger people available to support our growing elder population.
Saving money isn’t the only challenge; retirement planning also involves finding or developing living arrangements that meet retirees’ needs. Sometimes, homes will have to be modified to reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries.
Also, racial and other disparities in housing must be eliminated. This will mean not only enforcing anti-discrimination policies, but changing nursing home practices to align with non-Western cultures.
Seniors face eroding base of caregivers
The percentage of seniors is expected to rise 54% between 2010 and 2040, while the percentage of wage earners drops 10%, a trend that means fewer working people supporting each boomer.